As being reported on Twitter/Scanner and through MetroSource, there has been an explosion of unknown origin at the Port Authority. The subways are being evacuated and there's a heavy police presence at the scene. The A, C and E lines are impacted at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. Trains are bypassing the Times Square-42nd Street station.

Vehicle traffic is also being rerouted in the area. According to the New York Post, several people have been injured; one person is in custody.

NBC News reports the explosion may have been a pipe bomb blast below ground.

Market Watch says the suspect was a suicide bomber who was inspired by ISIS.  A 27-year-old from Bangladesh living in Brooklyn is accused of attaching wires to his body while armed with a metal pipe bomb and battery pack, sources told Market Watch.

We will update you with additional details as we get them.

***For commuters in the area here are the following transit changes for your morning commute. These changes are because of the ongoing NYPD investigation in the area.

  • 1, 2, 3, N, Q, R, W and 7 trains are bypassing Times Sq-42 St in both directions.
  • A, C and E trains are bypassing 42 St/Port Authority-Bus Terminal in both directions.
  • There is no 42 St shuttle service in both directions.
  • A and C trains are stopping along the line between W 4 St-Washington Sq and 59 St-Columbus Circle in both directions.
  • There is no B train service between Bedford Park Blvd and Brighton Beach in both directions.
  • E trains are stopping along the F line between Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av and W 4 St-Washington Sq in both directions.
  • No L train service between 8 Av and 6 Av in both directions.
  • M trains are running between Delancey-Essex St and Forest Hills-71 Av.

 

The post briefly indicted the wrong location. A correction was issued immediately.